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Singapore Leaders Network
1st Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating a year of Learning, Leading, and Linking


About The Event

Join us as we celebrate the first year anniversary of the Singapore Leaders Network (SGLN). As we close off the past year and prepare for an even stronger year ahead, we want to take the evening to reflect on the significance of our mission, reaffirming our commitment to preparing Singaporeans for global leadership roles.


For this first anniversary, it is only fitting that we bring in one of the most prominent Singaporean business leaders, Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, to share his valuable personal insights. Following his keynote, we will be joined by Ms. Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Mr. Christopher Ong, SVP & Managing Director of DHL Express (Singapore) for a moderated panel discussion.


Together, we will delve into why it is paramount for more Singaporeans to take on global leadership roles, what it takes to be effective global leaders, learn to use our unique cultural and educational upbringing to our advantage in the international arena, and be inspired to take on greater leadership responsibilities. We will also take the opportunity to recognise our dedicated SGLN community members, ambassadors, mentors and mentees who have supported SGLN's remarkable progress over the past year.

Event Details





Wednesday, 30th August 2023

5.30pm - 9.00pm

Catapult Auditorium

1 Rochester Park, #02-01 Rochester Commons

Singapore 139212

Event Agenda



5:30 - 6:00pm

Registration and Networking

6:00 - 6:15pm

Presentation of SGLN's First Year Accomplishments

6:15 - 7:30pm

Keynote speech by Mr. Ho Kwon Ping followed by panel discussion with Ms Jacqueline Poh and Mr. Christopher Ong 

7:30 - 8:00pm


8:00pm onwards

Dinner and Networking

Event Registration

Thank you for your tremendous support and interest in celebrating our 1st Year Anniversary together with us. Due to overwhelming demand and interest from our communities, we are now at full capacity. If you are already on our waitlist, and if any openings become available, we will notify you promptly. We sincerely appreciate your enthusiasm for our event.

Please note that this is an in-person event that aims to be as inclusive as possible. If you require any accommodations to fully participate in the event, please let us know in the registration form above.

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About the Singapore Leaders Network

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Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and managed by the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), the Singapore Leaders Network (SGLN) aims to prepare Singaporeans for global leadership roles. We aspire to help advance the social capital of Singaporean corporate leaders who can support one another on their professional and personal leadership journeys - whilst cultivating a vibrant and robust community. This is achieved through activities that enable members to learn, lead, and link including through large scale in-person events, smaller business networking sessions on various topics of interest, a structured mentoring programme, an Ambassador programme, as well as an online LinkedIn community.


Keynote Speaker

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Mr. Ho Kwon Ping

Mr. Ho is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. All three family-owned companies are listed in Singapore and Thailand.


He was the founding Chairman of Singapore Management University (SMU), and has chaired Singapore Power and MediaCorp Singapore. He has served on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Diageo, Singapore Airlines, and GIC.


Among various awards, Mr. Ho has received the London Business School Entrepreneurship AwardCEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards; CNBC Travel Business Leader AwardDistinguished Alumnus Award from the National University of Singapore; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Creativity Association, China Hotel Investment Summit, Australia Hotel Investment Summit and School of Hotel and Tourism Management The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Honoured for his contributions and accomplishments in the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region and globally, Mr Ho is the only two-time recipient of Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific - HICAP’s Innovation Award (2003) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2019) in its 30-year establishment.


For his services to the country, he has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal and Distinguished Service Order by the Singapore Government. Mr Ho has also been conferred honorary doctorates by Johnson & Wales University and Hong Kong Poly University.



Mr. Christopher Ong

Mr. Christopher Ong is currently the Managing Director of DHL Express Singapore, a position he has held since November 2018. Responsible for driving sustainable growth in this key market, Chris has been focused on delivering great service quality to loyal customers through a highly motivated workforce. For 3 consecutive years since 2020, DHL Express Singapore has been named as the #1 Singapore Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute. This was a climb up from #6 in 2018 to the top position in a span of two years.


Chris joined DHL in 2006 and was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions, Partnerships and Planning, First Choice (Six sigma) and GoGreen corporate programmes for Asia-Pacific. In October 2011, he was appointed Country Manager of DHL Express Vietnam before he took on the role of Managing Director for Malaysia and Brunei in March 2014 where he managed over 1,200 employees and 27 facilities, including 7 international gateways, spread across East and West Malaysia and Brunei.

Chris has been spearheading strategies that led to improved delivery experiences for both merchants and buyers and increasing customer loyalty, with a key focus on helping SMEs tap the global market. He is a member of the Future Economic Council, Advanced Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee as well as the Industry Advisory Panel of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Material Managers (SIPMM).  He has been invited to share his views on a wide range of topics including Corporate Culture, Sustainability, Supply Chain and eCommerce.

Prior to joining DHL, Chris worked for 10 years at Temasek Holdings, where he was involved in transactions in the Transport, Logistics, Telecom, Media, Technology, and Manufacturing sectors. Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University, US.

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Ms. Jacqueline Poh

Ms. Jacqueline Poh was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 4 October 2021.

She was previously Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group, which leads and organises the Public Service to develop and implement the strategic priorities of the Government. She also oversaw the National Population and Talent Division and the Centre for Strategic Futures.

Jacqueline was the founding Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), and was previously the Managing Director of the Infocommunications Development Authority (IDA). She has also held key positions in the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defence.

Jacqueline is an alumnus of Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD (MBA) and Stanford. She has three teenagers and more patience than before she had them.

She currently sits on the Boards of SingHealth, the Singapore Institute of Technology and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. She is the Chairperson of the DesignSingapore Advisory Board and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation.

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